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Louisiana Highway Safety Commission

HAMMOND, LA - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office has received funding to assist with awareness and enforcement of occupant protection and impaired driving. The funding is provided through a grant by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

The grant will provide funding for saturated patrol efforts wherein deputies will be patrolling the highways targeting impaired driving. It will also allow for seat belt checkpoints and DWI checkpoints when deemed appropriate in the future. While these efforts will continue throughout the grant year, there will be a special emphasis during national campaign periods such as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards reminds citizens while participating in any event, to have a plan to get home safely before you decide to drink. Whether you are attending an event or a party or drinking at an establishment, NEVER drive if you have had anything to drink containing alcohol. Remember that driving under the influence of illegal narcotics can also lead to a DWI arrest. In fact, some legal medications can impair your ability to drive. Always read warning labels and instructions on prescription and over-the-counter medications.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office also thanks citizens for their cooperation and patience when passing through checkpoints throughout our parish and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.